CoVirus


Some random notes on the current coronavirus outbreak.

  • It's labelled a corona virus because under an electron microscope, the virus looks like a light coloured blob with a circle of light coloured dots around it (hence 'corona' or 'crown'). The dots are appendages of the virus.
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  • There were rumours of cases in Seremban and Ipoh but both have been declared negative. As a thought exercise, what if the rumours were true and say, Ipoh, is locked down by health authorities?
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  • It would mean travellers back for the festive break will not be allowed to return to KL etc. For those visiting their parents, their parents probably won't mind hosting them a few more days or even weeks but for tourists, lodging will need to be found for them, perhaps by commandeering hotels.
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  • Junior staff trapped will need to call their bosses or HR for leave. Senior staff and bosses will probably need to carry on their functions remotely. Their mobile data quota could run out fast so they need to call their telcos to boost their data quota. For those without their laptops, they will find mobile OSes (android, ios) are not replacements for desktop ones.
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  • Meanwhile back in KL etc, fluffy and fido may need additional feed as the planned 3-4 days break turns indefinite. Thus, the quarantined may need to call neighbours, relatives, friends or colleagues to help fill-up pet bowls and water dispensers.
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  • Group outbound travel from CN has been banned, so the economic effects might be felt first by hotels and travel-related businesses, especially if bans widen to other countries. outbound and inbound.
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  • A locked-down locale might give a boost to food and grocery delivery businesses. Could also be a boost for home cooking. Grocery chains like NSK, KK, Ben's may need to fire-up their delivery services (their speed will depend on whether they had spent prior R&D exploring and prototyping deliveries).
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  • In a lock-down, offline stores will not get walk-in customers. With no walk-ins, can they still pay the rent? If they can't pay the rent, can the landlord service his or her loan to the bank? An economic moratorium may be called by the authorities with the cooperation of banks, utilities, property owners etc.
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  • On a final note, best not to eat up all our furry friends, pangolins, tiggers etc, for 'karma can be a diva'. Try more fruits and veggies, and impossible burgers: it is not synthetic food if it is only processed as much as bread.
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  • Image: N95 mask with a one-way valve for easier breathing out. Check with local health authorities on the best measures to undertake in situations of heightened health risks, including the types of masks to wear.